Here’s Your first step to get ‘back to the cutting board’…see links below to all of the recipes from the current series of Christina Cooks…Happy Cooking!
A New ‘Back to the Cutting Board’ Series
We hope you’re enjoying the ‘Back to the Cutting Board’ TV series with Christina on public television and Create TV.
In the series, Christina continues the journey of taking you back to simple times and to the idea that whole, fresh food can be delicious.
With more than 300 episodes of Christina Cooks produced since 1997, Christina’s message is clear and still unique: what we choose to eat has a big impact on how we look, feel, age and move through this challenging world.
So what’s so different about the ‘Back to the Cutting Board’ series of Christina Cooks? Christina is still the same funny, engaging, well-informed host she always has been but her message takes on a new…directness, an urgency if you will, as she hopes to inspire us to change how we think about food.
Drawing on her Traditional Chinese Medicine, her Master’s Degree in Food Science and Nutrition and plain old common sense, Christina takes the viewer on a journey to re-engage with the soul of cooking, from the slice of the knife to the aroma of steam rising from a perfectly cooked dish. Using plant-based recipes and the freshest seasonal ingredients along with simple techniques designed to optimize food’s natural flavors, Christina reintroduces the viewer to the creative potential of cooking and transforms the kitchen into the most delicious, nurturing sanctuary.
With easy to prepare recipes made from accessible ingredients from her new book, “Back to the Cutting Board,” in a theatrical setting of an imagined European courtyard, Christina invites you to take a step back and truly enjoy every step of the process of cooking great food. Finding the joy in cooking has never been so simple…or delicious!
Episodes and Recipes
Series 501 through 513
Cuz There Ain’t No Planet B, Cuz
We have one home: this fragile planet we call Mother Earth. And since most of us don’t have a ‘Plan B” when it comes to where future generations might live, we need to take care of our Mother now, like now. Let’s cook to tread lightly on our planet, including a trip to Italy, where, well, they already do it today, on Christina Cooks the Macroterranean Way.
Going Green, Italian Style
We talk a lot about green living. What about green eating? Literally green eating. One of the most important ingredients in Italian cooking is green leafy vegetables. From kale to broccoli rabe and all the greens in between, these babies will light you up. I’ll show you how easy it is to eat green today on Christina Cooks, the Macroterranean Way.
As Americans, we waste between 30-40% of the food we purchase, as opposed to Italians who waste about 4-5%. Wait, what? There’s a reverence for food in Italy that is unparalleled. We sometimes forget the importance of buying fresh food in our busy lives. Well, today, we’ll cook and talk about ways to get closer to zero waste in the kitchen on Christina Cooks, the Macroterranean Way.
Has eating locally become the province of the elite and affluent, or is that just nonsense? Sure, we struggle with food deserts in big cities but many of us have access to fresh, locally produced foods that are actually less expensive than the processed stuff we are told is food (but it’s really not). All over America, farm markets have become the norm, along with community gardens and produce trucks in neighborhoods. Today we’ll discover the joy of eating as locally as we can on Christina Cooks the Macroterranean Way.
Dinner with Sandro
I’m all about cooking, in case you were wondering. Cooking for our loved ones…or even just for ourselves is the ultimate super power. Cooking (not eating out) with fresh seasonal ingredients preserves our strength and wellness. Simply cooked and beautifully served foods say “I love you” in a delicious way. So let’s cook dinner together today on Christina Cooks the Macroterranean Way.
We…are…stressed. From politics to disease; the economy to world affairs; family obligations to our work, we race around from dawn til dusk, never stopping to breathe; total type A people all the time, even on vacation. In Italy, I always say that they are type meh: what they can’t get done today, they do the next and the world doesn’t end. Their attitude creates a culture of less stress and anxiety. Let’s cook food to bust stress and become more type meh today on Christina Cooks the Macroterranean Way.
Sustainability, Italian Style
We waste; we waste and then we waste some more. Sustainability is about more than carrying reusable bags to the market. It’s about being awake and conscious of the steps we take on our fragile planet. Do we all use resources? We do. Can we all do better? We can. It’s about sustainability Italian style today on Christina Cooks the Macroterranean Way.
Compassion for all living things is a guiding principle in my life. In the kitchen, I feel a deep gratitude and respect for the blessings of abundance in my life and I cook with that feeling in my heart for each and every meal I prepare. Compassionate cooking is cooking without harming a living thing and we’ll do that today on Christina Cooks the Macroterranean Way.
We eat when we walk; we eat in the car; we eat at our desks, in line for gas or as we stare at our screens. Conscious eating is paying attention to what, when and how much you eat so that you’re properly nourished on more than the primal level. You’re nourished by the textures, aromas, and colors of your food. Even the dishes make you happy. Let’s discover the world of conscious eating today on Christina Cooks the Macroterranean Way.
Eat Like an Italian
Eating like an Italian doesn’t mean pizza in one hand and lasagna in the other. Eating like an Italian means holding a deep respect for food, cooking and the art of the enjoyed meal. Meals are celebrated in Italy, not raced through. Let’s cook…and eat like Italians today on Christina Cooks the Macroterranean Way.
When I was a kid, Sunday gravy was a ritual in our house. Someone even stayed home from Mass to stir it so it didn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Tomato gravy…or sauce was only part of our Sunday tradition, which was all about family, friends and food. Let’s celebrate the ritual of eating well today on Christina Cooks the Macroterranean Way.
Life in the Slow Lane
‘Slow down; you move too fast’ is a line from an old folk song but it couldn’t be truer than it is today. We race through our days, breathless and exhausted at the end. Did we achieve a lot? Probably, but at what cost to our wellness. It’s time to slow down and enjoy cooking and eating today on Christina Cooks the Macroterranean Way.
Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire
We think of chestnuts as a holiday treat, but these ancient fruits are so much more than a Christmas cliché. Packed with nutrients, versatile chestnuts bring the ancient world right into modern times in the most sustainable way.
Series 401 through 413
How It All Vegan
Is it easy to be vegan? And Italian? Uh, yeah, man. Not only is it easy and delicious, but there’s so much history around healthy eating dating back to ancient Rome. Yup, you heard me, ancient Rome, where they feasted on lentils, millet, barley, seasonal vegetables and whole grain bread, along with wine. Mind-blown, right? We’ll talk about the Italian history of food today on Christina Cooks, the Macroterranean Way.
Pasta is Pasta, Right? Wrong
Pasta is pasta, right? You couldn’t be more wrong. There’s the cheap supermarket stuff that costs 60 cents a pound or you can buy…pasta. Real, authentic pasta makes you swoon with pleasure when you eat it. We’ll talk all things pasta and visit an amazing family pasta company in Gragnano Italy today on Christina Cooks, the Macroterranean Way.
Live Like a Roman
I love Rome. I love the chaos, the traffic, the culture, the people, the history and the food. Ah, the food. But the lifestyle is what really grabs me and won’t let go. A powerhouse of a city that manages wealth, history, banking, commerce, tourism and all the trapping of a major cultural hub, life in Rome has a rhythm that sings to me. Let’s explore the Eternal City, today on Christina Cooks, the Macroterranean Way.
Our History Through Food
Do you ever wonder how styles of eating became what they are? What’s the history of food? I thought it might be fun to explore some of the history that makes the Mediterranean Diet, the Mediterranean Diet. We’ll head to the ancient ruins of Pompeii for some answers today on Christina Cooks, the Macroterranean Way.
Honoring My Roots
Everyone seems to be in pursuit of their ancestral roots. We find out that we are a percentage of this and a percentage of something else. But what do we do with that? Nothing? Looking back on our roots can give us all kinds of answers to who we are and why we are as we are. Today, we explore my Italian heritage outside Naples on Christina Cooks, the Macroterranean Way.
What’s with Diabetes?
I have talked about diabetes incessantly over the years and it’s been like beating my little head against a wall. How has this almost completely preventable disease become an industry in our modern culture and how can we take back control of our wellness…and our blood sugar levels? It’s easy and delicious. Let’s talk about creating a truly sweet life, today on Christina Cooks, the Macroterranean Way.
If I could have only one meal before I died, it would be pizza. I love the yeasty perfume of pizza baking, the spicy gravy smothered on top; the veggies, the crunch of the outer crust, the breadiness; the flavors; the…the…sorry, I got lost in dreaming of pizza. Nature’s perfect food, in my view, began in Naples, so it’s off we go to see how pizza became the food we love so much, today on Christina Cooks, the Macroterranean Way.
Family Over Everything
There’s the family you’re born into and the family you choose. It’s a small group of people upon whom you depend and love you without condition. They created you and make you who you are in the world today. They’re your home. For me, it’s family over everything, so let’s gather around the table and celebrate those we love today on Christina Cooks, the Macroterranean Way.
Some of the longest lived people attribute their longevity to their healthy diet, a purpose in their lives, family and…friends. I don’t know about you, but life without my friends, my chosen family would be a grim affair indeed. Friends love us, keep us honest, call us out when we need it and are always in our corners, giving love and support unconditionally. It’s time to cook with friends today on Christina Cooks, the Macroterranean Way.
Follow Your Heart
I know what you’re thinking. Here’s where she lectures us about eating for heart health yet again. Hang on. Don’t touch that remote. What if I told you that there’s more to heart health than kale? Our emotional connections to what and how we eat help determine how our hearts feel day to day. Life is short so let’s live well and thrive. I’ll show you how, today on Christina Cooks, the Macroterranean Way.
It’s no secret that I love coffee…but not just any coffee; the rich, bitter coffee we know as espresso. That little shot of heaven makes my day like just about no other thing I can think of. And the best coffee in the world, in my humble opinion? In Naples, baby. Let’s explore the world of caffe today on Christina Cooks, the Macroterranean Way.
All You Need Is Love
The Beatles sang it and it has become an anthem for living well. All you need is love. I would add, great food, good wine and wonderful people at your table. As we travel to Italy today, you’ll see the embodiment of love in how we cook together, what we cook and the feast after the work. All you need is love and that’s what you’ll get, today on Christina Cooks, the Macroterranean Way.
The Queen of the Table
There are women in my life that shape the woman I am. They’re forces of nature; strong, loving, driven by their life’s work and their families. Like most women, we band together and get…stuff…done. And we do it with style. Let’s travel to Pompeii to cook with one of the coolest, strongest and finest cooks I know, today on Christina Cooks, the Macroterranean Way.
Series 301 through 313
The Macroterranean Way
The macro what? Terranean who? I have spent my career straddling 2 worlds-Mediterranean cooking and macrobiotics with a dusting of Chinese Medicine. And one day it hit me! They are both about wellness and great food so, duh, let’s make a marriage. The result is delicious, unique and a super smart way to eat. I’ll show you what I mean, today on Christina Cooks.
The World’s Healthiest Diet
Is there such a thing as the world’s healthiest diet? Yeah, man! Think of it this way. Many Mediterranean countries boast delicious food and some of the longest lives in the world. Let’s discover what all those veggies and great olive oil have to do with living long…and well today on Christina Cooks.
The World’s Sexiest Diet
Sophia Loren, Penelope Cruz, Anna Magnani, Claudia Cardinale. What do these beauties all have in common? The Mediterranean Diet, baby! Let’s take a page from their books and sample the world’s sexiest diet today on Christina Cooks.
The tomato…or love apple, pomme d’amour, pomodoro. No matter how you slice it, this fruit is one hot babe. A great source of nutrients like Vitamin C and lycopene, the Lycopersicon Esculentum is as sexy as it is delicious. Giving love to love apples today on Christina Cooks.
Verdure or as we call them here, vegetables are the heart and soul of plant-passionate cooking. (can we play heart and soul behind this). Talk about serious commitment; veggies give us every single shred of nutrition we could possibly need. Us and them? A match made in heaven. Let’s fall in love with veggies today on Christina Cooks.
The Drama of It All
High opera is the signature of Italian culture. When we think of Italians, we think colorful gestures, musical language, high fashion, fast cars and lots of drama. Even Italian food isn’t shy and retiring. It’s bold and sensual and bright; it demands your full attention. Let’s get into the drama of cooking today on Christina Cooks.
The Beauty of Wellness
I love people watching and nowhere is it more beautiful than in Mediterranean countries. I love the delicate wrinkles that mark a life well lived. I love the smile lines and crow’s feet that come with joyful living. I love how so many women age gracefully. Let’s embrace aging well with what we eat, today on Christina Cooks.
The Heart of the Story
Ah, our hearts. They beat with life; they grieve with sorrow; they pulse with love; they pump life through our bodies. We don’t take very good care of our tender hearts though. And yet, they fight for our lives every minute of every day. Much of our hearts distress can be linked to our kitchens, so let’s talk about giving our hearts some seriously delicious TLC today on Christina Cooks.
La Dolce Vita
When we feel great, life is sweet. When we don’t, we want to curl up on the sofa and watch old sitcom re-runs. If you want to live the sweet life, you have to take care of yourself. And it begins in the kitchen. Time to live the good life today on Christina Cooks.
Never Enough Pasta
Sophia Loren famously said, “Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.” I don’t know about you, but if she looks like what pasta can do for our looks, I…am…in! Pasta is warm, comforting, sexy and yummy so maybe our Sophia is right. Let me show you why there’s never enough pasta today on Christina Cooks.
In Northern Italy, people are known as “mangia fagioli” or bean eaters. They should also be known as “inteligente” since eating beans is one of the healthiest habits we can develop. Packed with protein, fiber and complex carbs, beans satisfy like almost no other food. Time to mangia fagioli today on Christina Cooks.
A Life of Wellness
Ah, wellness. The umbrella term for…what exactly? What is wellness and how do we grab some for ourselves? Wellness is that elusive state of balance we achieve when our pistons are all firing in sync; we’re cooking on all four burners. And speaking of cooking, let’s do that…for wellness, today on Christina Cooks.
Living the Good Life
Life is hard. We face unprecedented challenges in the best of times, so when things are hard, they’re really hard. So what has food to do with living the good life? Simple. You can’t live well without it. Let’s cook for living well today on Christina Cooks.
Series 201 through 213
Eating Well on a Budget
If you’re one of the many people who think eating well is the province of elitists, hippies, liberals and environmental activists, think again. Clean air, pure water, rich soil along with fresh food is our birthright. We’ll explore budget-friendly options to eating well, as we go back to the cutting board today on Christina Cooks.
The Skinny on Fat
Is fat healthy for us? What kind of fat should we cook with? What are good fats? Should we skip added fats? It seems so confusing, right? To fat or not to fat. Actually the answer is simple…and delicious. Let’s get the lowdown on fat, as we go back to the cutting board today on Christina Cooks.
Does This Make Me Look Fat?
If you’ve ever asked if this “does this makes me look fat”, you probably knew the answer already. Look, you’ll find no body shaming here, but like it or not, unhealthy obesity takes a toll on wellness. It’s not about stick thin either. Let’s find our way to a healthy weight for you and your body, as we go back to the cutting board today on Christina Cooks.
You and Your Stress
Modern life…Work, family obligations, the news, climate change, and daily life stress has left us feeling completely frazzled and takes a big toll on our wellness. Can you cook to eliminate stress? Nope. But you can cook to manage it, and come out the other side feeling calm and serene. I’ll show you as we go back to the cutting board today on Christina Cooks.
Age Like a Movie Star
We have become youth-obsessed, with injections, surgery, potions and fillers to desperately hang onto our younger selves. We can end up looking like caricatures of our young faces. Truth is, beauty comes from the inside. It’s time to age gracefully…and naturally, as we go back to the cutting board today on Christina Cooks.
Breakfast of Champions
Your mother was right, at least about breakfast. It truly sets the tone of your day. Breakfast can slow your roll or get you in the groove to handle life’s little adventures. What’s a true breakfast of champions? I can assure you it doesn’t come in a box. Let’s start our day right as we go back to the cutting board today on Christina Cooks.
What a Gutsy Move
You’re either tough or you’re not. And by tough I don’t mean…mean. I mean resilient tough. Come from deep in your gut tough. Your gut. Remember that? Taking care of digestion will have you taking care of business. Let me show you just how gutsy you can be as we go back to the cutting board today on Christina Cooks.
The 3 C’s of Health-Carrots, Cauliflower and Cabbage
There are three veggies that create wellness like no others. Lucky for us, they’re delicious, familiar and so easy to add to our diet. No special shops; no fancy ingredients…just food as Mother Nature intended. Let’s create day to day wellness…deliciously as we go back to the cutting board today on Christina Cooks.
Rules of the Kitchen
I love structure. My home is orderly and my kitchen is immaculate. I think of it as a sacred space. There are rules of the kitchen that you must abide by if you want to nourish with love and serenity. Sounds like a lot to ask of the kitchen, right? We’ll talk about how to ‘be’ in the kitchen as we go back to the cutting board today on Christina Cooks.
Cook Your Way to the Life You Want
Can your food choices help put you on the path to the life you want to lead? It sure can. Food has both a physical and an energetic quality and can enhance or impede your growth as a person. How? You’ll find out as we go back to the cutting board today on Christina Cooks.
Essential Plant Proteins
We are obsessed with protein. The question is, do we need as much as we think we need and do we need to eat animals to get it? Hint: cows eat grass. We’ll talk plant proteins and how to cook them deliciously as we go back to the cutting board today on Christina Cooks.
Fear and Loathing in the Kitchen
I’ll give it to healthy eating. We can suck the joy out of food like no one else. And fear? Yikes! Everything will kill us! Breathe, kids. It’s time to talk about the reality of healthy eating. It’s delicious, simple and nourishes you like nothing else. So stay tuned for some yummy food and serious myth busting as we go back to the cutting board today on Christina Cooks.
It’s the Food, Silly
In our beloved country of more than 350 million people, more of us are sick than not. What a sad and terrifying thought! Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer are so commonplace, we have given them the warm, fuzzy name of lifestyle diseases. Let’s kick unhealthy habits to the curb and turn the tide on disease as we go back to the cutting board today on Christina Cooks.
Series 101 through 113
Quick! Lock the door! We never know what could be lurking outside. We live in challenging times but if everything scares the pants off you, maybe there’s more to it? There is and it begins with your kidneys. Let’s shake off the fear that threatens to overwhelm us by going back to the cutting board today on Christina Cooks.
The Beat Goes On
Experts have concluded…again…that most heart disease is both preventable and treatable with lifestyle changes. Gee…do you think that’s why they’re called a ‘lifestyle disease?’ Maybe a few diet tweaks could keep our tickers ticking? Let’s find out as we go back to the cutting board on how we think about heart health today on Christina Cooks.
A Simple Supper
You’re in the driveway. Panic sets in. Inside, a hungry family awaits. Can you get a delicious, healthy meal on the table quickly? Yup. Just takes a little planning. It’s time to go back to the cutting board, today on Christina Cooks.
Is there anything better than a steaming bowl of pasta? I think not. But wait…isn’t pasta made up of evil, fat-producing carbs? Oh, honey, you don’t know what you’re missing if you’ve taken pasta off your plate. Let’s get back to the cutting board…and the pasta pot today on Christina Cooks.
The Med-iterranean Table
We hear a lot about the Mediterranean and its impact on wellness. Is there more to this gorgeous region than blue seas and sunny skies? Si si si…and it’s all about what’s on your plate. Time to get back to the cutting board and discover the joys of the world’s healthiest diet today on Christina Cooks.
Want to Be a Happier Camper?
Cranky in the morning? Impatient with everyone? Hate waiting in line or yikes…sitting in traffic? Easily irritated? Is it just modern life or? It’s your liver, baby! Let’s get back to the cutting board and fix that little gland right up today on Christina Cooks.
Let’s Stop Sugarcoating the Truth
Ever notice all the ads for diabetes medicine? Do you think it’s as scary as I do? It’s become a dark cloud over all of us. But does it have to be? Nope. Not if we cook to prevent and manage it. Wait, what? We can do that? We sure can and I’ll show you how as we go back to the cutting board today on Christina Cooks.
Let’s Just Skip Getting Sick
Health statistics are scarier than a horror novel! And while no one gets out of life alive, we can try to live whatever moments we do have in wellness and vitality. Health begins in the kitchen and I’ll help you find your way as we go back to the cutting board today on Christina Cooks.
I Just Want a Little Something
We eat three squares a day. Or do we? Many of us graze all day long, going from snack to meal to snack to meal. Since it seems we eat everywhere from the opera to the gas station to the bank, let’s at least make sure what we’re eating serves our wellness. Let’s get back to the cutting board and snack well today on Christina Cooks.
Why Italians Live Well…A Story of Lentils
Anyone who knows me knows I am obsessed with lentils! Some say it’s being Italian, but I say it’s also about the benefits these yummy humble beans bring to my wellness. Let’s fall in love with lentils as we go back to the cutting board today on Christina Cooks.